K - 9 UNIT

 

 

  Chesney Griffin and K-9 Ruger

 This member of the city’s Police Department has had some serious training that enabled him to serve a number of critical purposes.

He can sniff out illegal drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine,and he’s capable of tracking and finding lost children.

However he’s not all business. He can also be described as a bit hyperactive, playful and fun-loving.

Ruger is the name of a two-year-old black Labrador retriever that has joined the department’s K9 unit.

He and his handler, Senior Patrol and K9 Officer Chesney Griffin, had to complete 120 hours of training in High Point, N.C.

    

Officer Matt Cousins and K-9 Larco

K-9 Larco is a member of the Department's K-9 team. He is a two year old Belgian Malinois born in Holland. 

His initial basic police canine training in patrol functions and explosive detection was done locally in Northern Virginia. Larco and his handler have completed a rigorous 300 hour training course. This training will enable the team to certify with the North American Police Work Dog Association. 

This canine team will work patrol while assisting officers at suspected traffic stops and finding suspects. They will be utilized in conjunction with the department's Explosive Ordinance Device (E.O.D.) unit that responds to unusual packages and situations.  This team will assist with searches at the Bristol Motor Speedway and other major events in the City. 

K-9 Larco spends his leisure time on long walks in the woods and playing in the water at Steele Creek Park.

    

Officer Jason Roark and K-9 Nytro 

K-9 Nytro is a six year old Belgian Malinois that was born in Holland and received his initial basic police canine training there. 

He is trained in narcotics detection and patrol functions that includes tracking, building searches and criminal apprehension. Nytro and his handler have completed a rigorous 300 hour training course. This training will enable the team to certify with the North American Police Work Dog Association. 

This canine team will work patrol while assisting officers at suspected traffic stops and finding suspects and in narcotic detection searches. Nytro will be utilized at local schools and Housing Authority properties assisting with narcotic searches.

Nytro has garnered several U.S.P.C.A trial awards. He won 2nd place overall novice in 2006, 1st place in suspect search in 2006 and 2007 and 1st place in narcotic detection in 2008.

Nytro has been very successful with several finds and apprehensions to his credit. He enjoys going to local schools and civic organizations and interacting with the public.

 

 

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